Lille striker Victor Osimhen says he turned down the chance of joining some of Europe’s top clubs following his impressive performance at the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile, where he emerged tournament top scorer with 10 goals.
Osimhen in an interview with British tabloid, Independent UK, said immediately after the tournament, he had offers from Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal, but rejected them to join Wolfsburg in January 2017.
“I had a lot of options. Barcelona; Inter Milan; Atletico Madrid; Juventus and the rest.”
“Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18.
“I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically. Wolfsburg showed me that possibility.”
Osimhen, however, refused to close the door on a possible move away from Ligue 1 outfit Lille.
“My goal is to play at one of the biggest clubs in the world but now I’m very happy in Lille. My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.